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Western Kentucky redshirt senior RB Anthony Wales rushed for 152 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 31-30 overtime loss to Vanderbilt.

Wales did not play against Miami (OH) last weekend, as he has been dealing with a hamstring injury. That was not an issue against Vanderbilt on Saturday. The 5-foot-10, 195-pound redshirt senior scored from four yards out in the first quarter. He wouldn't hit pay dirt again until the fourth, this time on a 20-yard run. Saturday's showing was Wales' best of the season. Overall, he has rushed for 254 yards and four touchdowns in three games played.
Sep 24 - 9:33 PM

Western Kentucky OT Forrest Lamp will line up across from Vanderbilt edge rusher Oren Burks in one of this weekend's best prospect matchups.

While USC T Zach Banner got run over by Alabama's defensive front, the underrated Lamp actually excelled in his own game against the Tide. He's allowed merely one QB hit on 102 pass-blocking attempts. This week, Lamp gets the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Burks, a former safety. Burks has one sack, four QB hits, two hurries and two batted passes on 56 rushes this fall. "Burks is likely more of a strong safety [in the NFL], but we may not see much of his coverage skills this year, as he’s rushed the passer more than he’s dropped into coverage on passing plays," wrote Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo. "While he may not be a future edge rusher, he’ll give Lamp all he can handle this week."
Sep 23 - 6:53 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt senior RB Anthony Wales (hamstring) did not play in Saturday's win over Miami (OH).

Wales wasn't announced as a scratch prior to Saturday's game, but his balky hamstring prevented him from seeing the field. The 5-foot-10, 195-pounder has rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries this season.
Sep 18 - 12:37 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt junior QB Mike White (head) is probable for Saturday's game against Miami (OH).

White was forced to exit last Saturday's loss to Alabama in the third quarter due to concerns over a potential head injury. The 6-foot-5, 195-pound redshirt junior has practiced this week, though, and looks like he will be ready to roll against the Redhawks as Western Kentucky tries to improve to 2-1. White shredded Rice for 517 yards passing and three touchdowns in the season-opener before tumbling back to earth against Alabama. Miami (OH) is not Alabama and fantasy owners should feel free to insert White into lineups as seen fit.
Source: WBKO.com
Sep 16 - 2:41 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt sophomore RB D'Andre Ferby is questionable for Saturday's game against Miami (OH) due to a shoulder injury.

Ferby managed just one carry in the season-opening win over Rice before being sidelined by a shoulder ailment. The 6-foot-1, 240-pounder did not suit up for Saturday's 38-10 loss to Alabama. Last season, the bulldozer-of-a-back rumbled his way to 650 yards (4.0 YPC) and 11 touchdowns.
Sep 12 - 3:17 PM

Western Kentucky senior WR Taywan Taylor caught nine passes for 121 yards in Saturday's 38-10 loss to Alabama.

Taylor has now caught 14 passes for 286 yards through the first two games of the 2016 campaign. Death, taxes, etc. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder conjured up an 86-1467-17 receiving line last season and stands as one of the best fantasy wideouts in the country.
Sep 10 - 7:37 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt junior QB Mike White exited in the third quarter of Saturday's game against Alabama with an apparent injury.

White was taken into the locker room midway through the third quarter, with Tyler Ferguson trotting onto the field to take his place against the defending champs. The extent of the 6-foot-5, 195-pounder's injury is not yet known, but further details should emerge after the game. Western Kentucky plays Miami (OH) next week.
Sep 10 - 6:12 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt junior DL Trae Jones was shot outside of a nightclub early on Friday morning.

According to a statement from Western Kentucky, Jones was hit in the left shoulder by a "stray bullet." Per the university, the 6-foot-1, 280-pounder suffered no structural damage when he was hit. Western Kentucky was coming off a blowout win over Rice on Thursday evening. His status for Western Kentucky's daunting September 10 showdown with Alabama will be determined closer to that contest. Jones did not appear in a game last season.
Source: wbko.com
Sep 2 - 3:05 PM

Western Kentucky senior WR Taywan Taylor caught five passes for 165 yards in the school's 46-14 win over Rice.

Taylor's 2015 campaign was extremely impressive, hauling in 86 catches for 1,467 yards and 17 touchdowns. Eye popping stuff. Taylor, with a new quarterback, picked up right where he left off. Taylor occupies the slot frequently, but also can catch passes when closely guarded by defensive backs. The Hilltoppers face Alabama next.
Sep 2 - 11:29 AM

Western Kentucky redshirt junior QB Mike White went 25-for-31 with 517 yards and three touchdowns in Thursday's 46-14 romp over Rice.

No Brandon Doughty, no problem. In his Hilltopper debut, White became only the third 500-yard passer in school history. Western Kentucky head coach Jeff Brohm only recently named the 6-foot-5, 195-pounder starter. White, a USF transfer, bought himself plenty of leash tonight. He just might be a fantasy monster this fall in WKU's high-powered aerial attack.
Sep 1 - 11:46 PM

Western Kentucky named redshirt junior QB Mike White the starter for 2016.

Sometimes, the expected outcome just takes a little while. White didn't immediately run away in the competition with senior Tyler Ferguson -- as recently as two weeks ago, HC Jeff Brohm at least hinted that that Saturday's scrimmage had left the race somewhere near a dead heat. The 6-foot-5, 195-pound White closed out camp in style to win the starting gig, though, with Brohm saying that he has "done a nice job preparing himself for this moment and operates our offense well." The USF transfer has yet to find success at the collegiate level -- he completed just over half his passes and held an 8/7 TD/INT ratio in 2014 before shifting over to the Hilltoppers at the end of that season -- but if he has taken to the offense, he could post huge numbers for the coming campaign.
Aug 27 - 12:17 PM

Western Kentucky HC Jeff Brohm said that Saturday's scrimmage shed no light on the ongoing competition between redshirt junior QB Mike White and senior QB Tyler Ferguson.

White was widely-assumed to be the man to take over for Brandon Doughty, but that is no longer a slam-dunk. Said Brohm, "To be honest with you, after [Saturday's] scrimmage it’s going to be even closer than I thought." The initial hope at Western Kentucky was that they would be able to name a starter within the first 7-10 days of practice. Saturday's scrimmage -- Day No. 10 itself -- came and went without any decision. For what it is worth, Ferguson was the more accurate gunslinger during Saturday's scrimmage, completing 11-of-14 passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns. White was less sharp, finishing out having completed 16-of-23 passes for 106 yards (no touchdowns).
Aug 17 - 2:17 PM

Western Kentucky RBs D’Andre Ferby and Anthony Wales were both named to the Doak Walker Award Watch List.

In his return from injury, Wales tallied 1,091 yards on 155 carries to accrue a 7.4 yard per carry average that was the fifth-best in C-USA history. That performance, which he managed despite playing in only nine full games, earned him a spot on the Second Team All-C-USA. Ferby, meanwhile, earned C-USA All-Freshman honors after logging 650 yards on 164 carries with 11 touchdowns.
Jul 28 - 6:37 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt senior QB Nelson Fishback will be out 4-6 months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle.

An early October return is likely the best that Fishback can hope for, here. More pessimistically, he could also miss the entire regular season if his rehab extends into that six-month range. In a statement, HC Jeff Brohm called it "extremely disappointing" for the 6-foot-2, 216-pounder. "He has worked hard to put himself in this position and is a young man who does all of the things you would want out of your quarterback," Brohm said. "Nelson has always been the kind of teammate you want to have inside and outside of the locker room." Fishback and redshirt junior Mike White (a transfer from USF) took the majority of first-team reps this spring and this is likely White's job to lose with Fishback suffering from the injury bug.
Jun 7 - 12:19 PM

Western Kentucky senior WR Taywan Taylor's broad jump of 137 inches would have finished No. 1 among all players at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine.

Taylor also boasts a 4.33 second 40-yard dash and a vertical jump of 39 1/2 inches. Far from being an athlete who happens to play football, it would be more accurate to say that the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder is a skilled football player who happens to be a world-class athlete. He set new single-season school marks last year with 87 catches, 1,477 yards and 17 touchdown grabs. Against WKU's strongest 2015 opponent, LSU, he hauled in 10 receptions for 103 yards and a score. Rotoworld's draft team sees a highly intriguing NFL slot receiver here.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 2 - 2:57 PM


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